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For a healthy summer meal, this Vietnamese Chicken Salad is bright with Asian flavors and loaded with crisp, fresh vegetables.

An Asian Chicken Salad Recipe is not a dull diet recipe, but instead an entree focused on light, nutritious ingredients that happen to be delicious!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad in a white serving bowl

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

I was elated to see that September’s Salad Bar theme was Asian Salads. I adore noodle or cabbage salads with soy sauce, sesame oil and even peanut butter. I was contemplating which type to create when this Saveur recipe  for Vietnamese Chicken Salad appeared in my inbox. Loads of shredded veggies and chicken were dressed with lime juice, fish oil, rice wine vinegar and canola oil. It was intriguing and I knew I had to test it out.

Overhead view of Vietnamese Chicken Salad in a white triangular serving bowl

Tips for Making this Asian Chicken Salad Recipe

When I gathered with my sisters a few years ago, we made a Vietnamese Noodle Bowl with quite similar ingredients. This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is heavier on the veggies and sans noodles. Perfect for my lunches during the week. And I could easily make it my dinner, too, but the picky fellow I live with likes his meat and potatoes, rib-sticking type dinners.  

Using shredded rotisserie chicken or leftovers makes for speedier prep.  Chock full of veggies, chock full of flavor! Shake up this Asian Chicken Salad with your favorites. I’d up the bell peppers, add sugar snap or snow peas…the sky’s the limit.  There’s no excuse not to add this healthy entree salad to your menu!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

A veggie packed chicken salad with an Asian flair!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2 jalapenos, minced or sliced very thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (I used a sweet Vidalia onion)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Chopped mint, for garnish


  1. MInce or slice jalapenos (I wear disposable gloves Add garlic, sugar, rice wine vinegar, lime
  2. juice, fish sauce, oil, and onion. Mix till sugar dissolves. Add shredded chicken, shredded white cabbage, red bell pepper,and carrots.. Season with freshly ground black pepper, mix, and garnish with cilantro and mint if desired.

Total time: 15 minutes


Adapted from Saveur

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 63mg Sodium: 1136mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 19g
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38 comments on “Vietnamese Chicken Salad”

  1. I love Vietnamese salad. It’s a favorite on a hot day. I’ve got lots of different kind of mint and I use it in the salad as well as a garnish.

  2. A very colorful and tasty salad! Happy Weekend:@)

  3. I want to try the asian flavors in a coleslaw and this salad has the right dressing! With chicken it’s the perfect lunch Liz.

  4. This looks delicious! I love Asian salads, fresh lime juice makes the salad more refreshing!

  5. You’re right. No excuse. Looks delicious!

  6. I love Asian salads too, they are so refreshing. Love the jalapenos in here! Pinning!

  7. This looks fabulous, Liz…thank you for sharing! It’s still in the low 90s here, so we’ll be eating main dish salads for a few more weeks in Texas. This will be on our dinner menu very soon!

  8. Sounds delish, Liz. And I love your pretty salad bowl. So cute!

  9. A stunning display for your salad. I love all of the flavor combinations

  10. That skinny chick can bake AND make salads! Score! Great salad for the group today!

  11. Beautiful presentation. I can’t wait to give this salad a try. I’m loving all the veggies in it plus the chicken and jalapenos!

  12. This sounds wonderful! I love jalapenos and have a bunch in my garden right now, so this is on the must try list!

  13. Gosh how I love fresh and crisp Vietnamese flavors, Liz. You captured them in this salad so perfectly. I have been on a salad bandwagon recently and this chicken salad would be a satisfying yet healthy lunch. See you in Seattle in less than a week now.

  14. Tasty and refreshing salad !
    btw, i would love it even more with grilled chicken breast…
    the combination of fish sauce and cilantro is smacking delicius, especially when you add some tamarind paste!

  15. I love chicken salads, beautiful presentation!

  16. I love goi ga. And since you are going to be in Denver the best in all the world is at New Saigon on Federal Blvd. If you have time, do it! I could live on it!

  17. Secret? I enjoy salads at lunch for it helps keep the cake activity in check. Better yet, I adore Asian inspired dishes. Thanks for the recipe Liz…can’t pin it fast enough!

  18. This salad looks really flavoursome and delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Very healthy, fresh salad with great flavors!

  20. Yum, Liz! I too am a Asian salad fan, I could eat this type of salad every day. Yours looks wonderful!

  21. Your salad looks and sounds sooo good, Liz. It is very reminiscent of a salad served at LYFE which uses Chef Art Smith inspired recipes. (He was Oprah’s chef.) Your family does very well indeed at mealtime =)

  22. This salad looks wonderful!! I wish I could make salads like that!

  23. What a great salad!! I love the flavours in this one 🙂

  24. That salad looks simple but delicious – thanks for the recipe!

  25. I will try this immediately.

  26. I will have to try this out! My boyfriend loves the asian chicken salad from Chin Chin’s in La and this will be right up his alley! 🙂

  27. Oh I like this! My salads have been a bit boring lately and this is the perfect pick me up they need.

  28. You just have such a way with food – in making it look so pretty and tasty!

  29. It looks so neat, and such a pretty salad. Love vietnamese flavors.

  30. Such an array of wonderful Asian salads, love your Vietnamese chicken salad Lizzy, so light and refreshing and the salad dressing is absolutely perfect to have it on the side and let each person use as much, or little as they want! Printing this one out…thanks! xo

  31. Dear Lizzy, This sounds like my kind of salad. I know I would absolutely love it.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  32. What a healthy salad and I love the Asian flavors and all of the different textures! This is a keeper!

  33. Lots of good veggies and flavors, definitely healthier than a noodle-based salad!

  34. That looks wonderful, Liz! These types of salads are still on my list to try so I’m saving this one.

  35. What a beautiful presentation – it looks simply delicious – wonderful flavors:))
    Mary x

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